Rhetorical Analysis Of Into The Wild

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Good authors always find a way to simply relate their story to their audience. And the writer of Into the Wild Jon Krakauer indubitably does this with the usage of rhetorical devices throughout his factual story of Chris McCandless, a youthful Emory college graduate whose body is strangely discovered in an old transit bus deep in the Alaskan wilderness in September of 1992, 24 years old at the time. The author recaps meaningful events of McCandless and his journey leading to the point of his death and successfully controlled the rhetorical devices of characterization, comparison, logos, ethos, pathos and numerous others in order to encourage to the audience that Chris was not some weird psychotic kid that the general population…show more content…
His yearning, in sense, was too powerful to be quenched by human contact. The succor offered by women may have tempted McCandless, but it paled beside the prospect of rough congress with nature, with the cosmos itself. And thus was he drawn north, to Alaska” (66). These clear and intelligent principles of McCandless’s achievable attitude maintained his decision to endeavor into the wilderness because it displays that he was allured to it because of the gratification it would deliver him, one that could not be satisfied by a mere human. Krakauer shifts to his comparisons of other travelers before McCandless. “Reading of the monks, one is moved by their courage, their reckless innocence and their urgency of desire. And with that one can’t help but think of Everett Russ and Chris McCandless,” (Krakauer 97). The author declares this in order to exemplify a similarity of individuals who were in comparable situations like Chris and took the same…show more content…
Both Chris and Krakauer were at one time in their lives hunting for something in the uninhabited world. Krakauer advocates this argument in order to prove to the audience that McCandless was not crazy due to the fact that Krakauer himself was not. Krakauer learned from teammate Eric Hathaway, “On weekends, when his high school pals were attending ‘keggers’ and trying to sneak into Georgetown bars, McCandless would wander the seedier quarters of Washington, chatting with prostitutes and homeless people, buying them meals, earnestly suggesting way they might improve their lives” (113). This exposed that McCandless did have a sensitive personality, which can be maintained with reasonable evidence of his excursions to the weak parts of town. The author also utilized the rhetorical device of logos within the novel. Krakauer notes that Chris was an Emory graduate where he had been a colonist and editor for the school newspaper, and distinguished himself as a historian and anthropologist with a 3.72 GPA

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